TEAM Fiji's chef de mission to the Pacific Mini Games in September, Alini Sovu is keeping a close watch on the different sport that will participate in the competition in Wallis and Futuna.
Yesterday, she was at the Athletics Fiji weekly competition at Cathedral Secondary Schools grounds in Laucala Bay.
Sovu said she was happy with the way Athletics Fiji was preparing its athletes for the Mini Games.
"It's good to see they have started preparations early and are continuing with competitions. Even though their usual preparation venue, the National Stadium, is not available, they are making use of whatever is available (grass tracks)," she said.
She said Athletics Fiji could have waited for the ANZ Stadium to open next month to start preparations but they didn't.
"Instead of waiting they are doing at least something with whatever is available to compete regularly," Sovu said.
Athletics Fiji vice president Paul Yee said it was compulsory for all athletes in the national training squad for the Mini Games to attend their weekly competitions. He said their performance was being monitored to ensure they progress in their respective events.
"What we are doing is collecting the results of the athletes every week and they compare them with their results from last week to see if they are progressing," Yee said.
"Today (yesterday) even though the weather was not pleasant, we managed to have a good competition."